Write for STACK

At STACK, we make athletes better. Often times, this means making the people who train, coach or care for them better, as well. We are seeking experts in strength and conditioning, sports skills, nutrition, coaching, leadership, long-term athletic development and other key sports topics to join our Contributor Program. You'll have the opportunity to share your expertise with millions of athletes, coaches and parents, and also get recognized as a thought leader in your area of expertise. As a STACK Contributor, you will pitch and write articles about the things you're most passionate about. Your work will be published on STACK.com, which reaches millions of readers each month.

How Writing for STACK Helps You

  • Build a reputation as a thought leader in your industry by sharing your ideas, methods, principles and success stories.
  • Have a personal STACK.com page that has your bio, social media handles, website and content that you contribute to STACK. These pages leverage STACK's domain authority, helping you get noticed through Google search.
  • Gain exposure through STACK's social media and weekly newsletters.
  • Join a group of top strength coaches, nutritionists and skill coaches who are already contributing to STACK.
  • Help millions of athletes safely improve their sports performance with educational, actionable and practical content covering training, nutrition and skill development.
  • You'll earn a compensation of $60-$80 per published article. The differentiator between the two payment points is originality and impact, not length.

Who We Are Looking For

  • Those who believe they can help athletes get more out of sport
  • Those who are consistently exploring and finding ways to help athletes train smarter
  • Sports parents with unique perspectives on the direction of youth sports
  • Athletes who can speak knowledgeably about the sports they play
  • If you're going to be writing about topics like strength and conditioning or nutrition, you should hold a certification in those fields

Who You'll Write For

We ask that content submissions speak to the following three audiences:

  • Athletes. They are our core audience and they deserve safe, effective and actionable information that will help them make their sports dreams come true.
  • Parents. Concerned parents want the best for their sons and daughters. They want to see their children succeed—and do so safely—and they seek correct answers to their questions.
  • Coaches. These men and women double as parents, educators and administrators, and they need easy access to credible information and advice they can use to help their athletes reach their potential.

Popular Topics on STACK

Speed and strength training, nutrition, sports-specific skills, sports parents, long-term athletic development, coaching, general fitness, sport psychology, recruiting and other topics appropriate for our audience. If we believe it will help athletes get better, we will publish it. 

But I'm not a writer. Is that OK?

Yes! We understand that many of you are experts in a field outside of writing or journalism, so it's OK if your articles aren't grammatically perfect. That's where we come in. STACK's team of editors thoroughly reviews every article published on STACK.com. However, we do expect you to make an earnest effort to submit content that's as clean as possible to ensure the editing process is smooth and efficient.

There's no better time to start contributing. Click the 'Apply Now' button and complete the short application for consideration. Also, please review the guidelines, FAQs and info below for in-depth details on the program.

  1. STACK Contributor Program FAQs
  2. How to Submit a Pitch
  3. How to Submit Images and Videos
  4. Writing Guidelines

STACK Contributor Program FAQs

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

If your application is accepted, you will receive an invite to Camayak (more on this below) within seven days. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and we reserve the right to decline individuals whom we don't believe are qualified to contribute to STACK.

What is Camayak?

STACK uses the Camayak platform to make contributing to STACK as easy and efficient as possible. By writing your STACK articles and submitting them via the Camayak platform, you'll eliminate email back-and-forth with STACK since the entire submission and revision process is handled within the platform. You can also track the status of your articles, see how your articles are performing and leverage powerful social promotion tools.

Why do I need PayPal?

STACK uses PayPal to disburse payments. You can use any email address for your PayPal account—it does not have to match the email you provided to create your Camayak account. STACK will disburse earnings into PayPal on the last business day of the month. If you need assistance setting up PayPal, please visit their Customer Support center.

How many articles do I need to submit?

We understand that you're first and foremost an expert in your field, so we don't require you to submit an article every month. However, we will audit our user base at the end of each calendar year and remove those who haven't contributed in the past year.

Will my article be edited?

Yes, we take serious care in publishing articles of the highest standard. Your article will first be reviewed for content, relevance and accuracy. If a revision is required, we will return the article to you, including notes or questions that need your attention. If no revision is needed, the article will go through a copy editing process before being published.

How long does it take for my article to be published?

We strive to publish articles within 2-4 weeks of submission. This timeline is affected by how many submissions we receive during a given period and the topic of the article (we do not like running two similar articles in the same week, for example). To expedite the process, we ask that you edit your content for misspellings, grammar and structure. A thorough and well-written article that adheres style best practices will get published faster. Content that is poorly written and contains careless spelling errors will be returned for revision or rejected. We also reserve the right to hold content to fit into our editorial calendar.

Please review our Writing Guidelines below for more information.

How do I know when my article is published?

You will receive an automated notification from Camayak when your content is published on STACK.com, which means that the article has left its system. Many times, these articles are scheduled to go live on STACK.com sometime later. The link will work once the post goes live on the STACK.com, so keep checking back.

Do I have a deadline?

We do assign a deadline for every assignment as we've found this helps keep our contributors on track. However, there is no penalty for missing this deadline, as we know our contributors are often busy people with full-time jobs.

Can I submit images and videos?

Yes! We encourage you to submit original images and videos with your articles. For formatting purposes, we ask that you shoot in landscape (horizontal) mode as often as possible. Our ideal image resolution is 654x368. We have a detailed section below that explains how to send us your files.

Can I submit an article to STACK that I've had published on another website?

If you've published an article on your own personal website or blog, you can certainly submit it for consideration. However, we ask that you tweak the article so that it's specific to our audience. Most of the time this only applies to the introduction. Tips, exercise instructions or workouts can usually remain the same. We, unfortunately, cannot accept articles previously published by other media properties.

Can I publish my content that's already published on STACK?

For your articles already published on STACK.com, we ask that you refrain from publishing it word-for-word on other web properties, including your own. You can still tease the content on your own website by writing a quick summary of the article without publishing the full article and then linking to the piece on STACK.com. Certainly feel free to promote your STACK.com articles on your social media channels. 

How can I update my bio?

Did you get a new job, open up a new facility or launch a new website? Send us your updated bio information so your STACK.com bio page has is up-to-date to help you get more exposure. You can find your bio page by going to: STACK.com/expert/first name-last name

How to Submit a 'Pitch'

A Pitch is your way to submit an article idea to STACK. We review each Pitch and if approved, you will be able to write that article for publication on STACK.com. In general, stronger pitches lead to better articles that require fewer revisions and get greater engagement. 

Step 1: Click the New menu on Camayak's toolbar at the top of the page.

Step 2: Choose your desk that you'd like to Pitch To, which should correspond to the topic of your article.

Step 3: Write a short (two to four sentences) summary of your Pitch.

Step 4: Click Submit Pitch

Helpful Tips

  1. Before submitting an idea, do a quick search on STACK.com to ensure we haven't already covered that topic. If you find a story that's similar to your idea, often you can provide your own unique angle. For example, just because we have articles on the Squat doesn't mean you can't write another with a fresh angle.
  2. Include a 2-4 sentence summary that quickly explains what you will write about, how you will develop the article and mention any additional assets you will include, such as video or photos. The more we can learn about your idea, the more likely we will approve it. However, don't send us your entire article. These are previews of an article so we can quickly review and approve your ideas. If you don't submit enough information or submit your entire story, we will decline it.
  3. Write about what you're passionate about. If it's something you tweeted and it got a lot of good interaction and healthy debate, that's probably a great topic for a STACK article.

Weak Pitch

Summary: I will explain how athletes can build a strong core.

This is much too broad, and we've already covered this extensively on STACK.com. Also, the summary fails to explain how you will develop the article.

Strong Pitch

Summary: There are several anti-exercises athletes can perform to build a strong and athletic core. I will recommend four exercises I use with my athletes and explain why these moves are safe and effective. I will also include exercise demonstration videos.

The included summary provides insight into the topic and specific angle. It explains what actionable information the story will provide, which in this case are the four core anti-exercises. And, it mentions that this story will include video assets.

How to Submit Images and Videos

We encourage you to submit images and videos along with your articles. Here's how to do it:

Images

You can upload your own images to your article within Camayak. These must be original photos that you own and are not sourced from another website. To upload your photos, simply click on the camera icon found on the right side of your article and select upload in the top right corner. There's no need to embed the image in the text. We will download the photos and embed them in our system.

You can also search through Camayak's Getty image library by clicking embed, Getty Images and then type in your image search. This allows you to include a photo of something you mention in your article, such as an athlete, an exercise or a type of food. Our art department will make a final decision on what photos to include in the final product. By applying to the STACK Contributor Program, writers agree that any unoriginal or unlicensed images uploaded/embedded into articles without the image owners' consent will be the sole responsibility of the contributor/writer, and they are thus liable to copyright or other intellectual property infringement. STACK will not be held liable for improper image usage and reserves the right to retract any content if such infringement is suspected.

Videos

When it comes to videos, sending along a URL link to a YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram or Twitter post of the video inside the article is the easiest way to go about it. We can then embed it inside the article in the appropriate area. Again, videos shot horizontally rather than vertically are greatly preferred

You can use your smartphone or a camera to shoot video. Please do your best to keep the camera steady and avoid background music or chatter that may contain profanity. 

Writing Guidelines

Voice and Style

You're writing for an audience of athletes, parents, coaches and others who most likely do not have your background or experience. Keep industry lingo and jargon to a minimum, focus on the key points of your topic, and go lightly on overly technical science. The more people who can read and understand your article, the bigger impact you'll have.

Also, please adhere to our style to assist with the editing process. Here are important style points to keep in mind when you're writing an article:

  • Capitalize exercise names (Ex. Bench Press, Push-Up, Squat, Deadlift)
  • Hyphenate Push-Up, Pull-Up, Step-Up, Single-Arm, Single-Leg and other similar exercises.
  • Do not use commas after the second to last item in a series (Ex. Strength, power and mobility)
  • Format for exercise or drill volume: Sets/Reps: 3x8 or Sets/Duration: 3x30 sec. or Sets/Distance: 3x20 yards

Relevance

Articles that address a common concern, goal, exercise, skill or mistake are top performers on STACK.com. Readers and viewers want quick answers to questions like:

  • "How do I add more muscle?"
  • "What should I eat for breakfast?"
  • "Why do I scrape my knees when I Deadlift?"
  • "What should I look for in a basketball shoe?"
  • "How do I throw a better curveball?"
  • "How do I Deadlift with perfect form?"

Write clear answers, solve common problems and discuss how to achieve common goals with tangible, actionable advice. These articles have a longer shelf life than those that report on current events. Longer-lived articles will garner more exposure and increase your chances to be featured and build a following.

Finally, always remember what audience you're writing for. If it's an athlete, think about what information they want to and should know, and leave out everything that doesn't fall into that category. For example, an article on Deadlift form doesn't need a lengthy explanation of long-term athletic development models. Often the best way to write is exactly how you'd explain a concept to an athlete, parent or coach.

Article length

In general, articles should have a minimum of 300 words. However, this is a case-by-case basis. Some articles that provide a quick tip to improve exercise form may fall under that mark, especially if they include a video, while a deep dive into a complex topic might exceed 1,000 words. Make sure that the content is complete and doesn't leave the reader with any burning questions. At the same time, don't feel the need to outline the entire history of the broader topic you're tackling. Conciseness keeps attention.

Cite sources

  • Include source notes for all facts, figures or other data included within a piece. Relevant facts that back up your statements make for more credible and engaging content.
  • When sourcing facts from another online article, include an active and clickable hyperlink within the body of your article (not at the end) linking back to the source article.
  • Limit your hyperlinks. Link back to each of your sources just once. Linking to one of two sources is acceptable.
  • Avoid unnecessary hyperlinks. Don't hyperlink terms, places, people, etc. or to sources like Wikipedia. Link only to sources used.
  • If you reference a study, we prefer that you link back to the study rather than including a works cited and in-text references.

Plagiarism

Plagiarized content and copyright violations are strictly prohibited. If we detect plagiarism, your article will be rejected and you will be subject to removal from the program.